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A Christmas lights display in Gatlinburg featuring happy snowmen.

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss the Smoky Mountain Winterfest This Holiday Season

Winter is coming! Which also means it is time for Smoky Mountain Winterfest. This winter festival is one of the longest running festivals in the Smokies. It lasts for four months, giving visitors from early November to late February a chance to see the town draped in Christmas lights and decorations. You can enjoy the festival’s lights, watch a show, and finish all your Christmas shopping while you’re here for the festival. Here are 5 reasons you can’t miss the Smoky Mountain Winterfest this holiday season:

1. The Dazzling Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights displays are back and better than ever! When the sun goes down, the town will be illuminated in millions of bright Christmas lights for you and your family to enjoy. Load up in the car with your family and friends and explore the area with a map from the Pigeon Forge Welcome Centers or at the Pigeon Forge Trolley Center. This fun and free activity is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

2. Go See Jolly Christmas Shows

country toniteYou can watch one of the Smokies’ grand Christmas productions at a number of attractions this year! The country music lovers in your family will love the Country Tonite Christmas show, where you’ll get to see tons of fun musical numbers and classic holiday characters take the stage. Your family will enjoy dancing and singing along to traditional Christmas songs featured throughout the show. No matter what show you choose, you’ll get to see some of the most talented performers the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

3. You’ll Be Helping Out the Community

Some Smoky Mountain Winterfest events, like the Festival of Trees, benefit the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg community. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. You and your family can enjoy seeing all the amazing Christmas trees decorated with different themes at the event and you’ll also be doing some good in the process!

4. See the Amazing Snow Covered Mountains

snowy mntsThere is nothing like getting to see the snow covered peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains! You’ll know winter is here when you see this breathtaking sight! When you come for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest, you’ll have a chance to be surrounded by these one-of-a-kind views that will make even the biggest Grinches smile! Don’t miss these picturesque mountain views on your next trip to the Smokies!

5. Get in the Holiday Spirit

It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit when you’re driving around the Smokies looking at the festive Christmas lights and decorations. You’ll continue to feel the holiday spirit all over town at all the amazing restaurants and attractions you visit. It’s a great place to create beautiful memories with the ones you love the most!

Where to Stay

Mountain Mischief cabin is perfect for the summerYou can enjoy all the festivities at Smoky Mountain Winterfest when you book a stay at one of our cabin rentals. Browse our affordable Gatlinburg cabin rentals to find the coziest option for your winter getaway. We have tons of amenities that will ensure you have the best Christmas vacation in the Smokies! Cozy up by your fireplace and sip some hot coco while taking in the sights of the snow blanketing the mountains.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this year’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest and start planning your winter vacation to the Smokies now! Check out all the other Smoky Mountain events happening during your stay so you can have the most fun-filled trip possible. We look forward to seeing you!